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Theodore Schroeder papers


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Title: Theodore Schroeder papers, 1842-1957Add to your cart.

ID: 1/5/MSS 017

Primary Creator: Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953.

Extent: 118.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Organized into six series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Autobiographical, (3) Manuscripts, (4) Published papers and is arranged in alphabetical order by title, (5) Research (6) Reviews and material about Schroeder.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1969. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Carus, Paul, 1852-1919., Freedom of speech - United States - History - 20th century, Mormon Church - Controversial literature, Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. - Correspondence, Roosevelt, Franklin D.  (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. - Correspondence, Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953 - Correspondence, Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953 - Manuscripts, Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968. - Correspondence, Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 - Correspondence, Writings.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Theodore Schroeder papers consist of material related to his extensive research and writing concerning freedom of speech, religion, human sexuality, and other interests, and include: correspondence; manuscript and published forms of Schroeder's writings; autobiographical material; notebooks and diaries; newspaper clippings and other printed matter, notes, bibliographic compilations and other types of research material; reviews and other published material concerning Schroeder; and other personal papers.

Biographical Note

Schroeder was born in 1864 and attended The  University of Wisconsin in 1882 where he got his degree in civil engineering.

He then went to law school at Wisconsin and graduated in 1889 and opened a law office in Salt Lake City which is when he adopted an anti-Mormon stance. In 1898, Schroeder started writing a series of pamphlets under the name of "Lucifer's Lantern". The series challenged many Mormon leaders and bordered on the brink of libel suits. After his interest in Mormonism faded out in the early 1900's, he moved to New York and took up the crusade of defending free speech.

In 1911, he helped establish the Free Speech League. In 1909 the first of many writings on free speech by Schroeder appeared in the Free Press Anthology which was followed by a collection of essays titled Free Speech for Radicals,  Free Speech Bibliography in 1922, and A Challenge to Sex Censors in 1938. 

He died in 1953.

Subject/Index Terms

Carus, Paul, 1852-1919.
Freedom of speech - United States - History - 20th century
Mormon Church - Controversial literature
Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Supplement acquired by Arnold Maddaloni in 1980.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original .

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Preferred Citation: Theodore Schroeder papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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The Series VI contains reviews and material about Schroeder, includes news clippings and quotations from numerous publications in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, law, science, religion, and government.
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Glass plate negatives
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Glass plate negatives
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Miscellaneous drawings and picture reproductions
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8mm film of Schroeder & Mancy at Home 1942
Volume 5: Standing Volumes, Shelved with Rare booksAdd to your cart.

1.   Al Smith, The Pope and the Presidency, n.d.

2.    A Challenge to Sex Censors. New York City: Free Speech League, 1938

3.    Digest of Mormonism, 1898

4.   "Due Process of Law" / in Relation to/ Statutary Uncertainty/ and/ Constructive Offences,/ Giving Much Needed Enlightnment/ to Legislators, Bar and Bench. New York City: Free Speech League, 1908.

5.   Evolutionary Psychology. Stamford, Conn.: The Next Century Fund, Inc., 1949

6.   Free Press Anthology. New York City: The Free Speech League and The Truth Seeker Publishing Company, 1909

7.   Free Speech Bibliography. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1922

8-10.    Free Speech for Radicals. New York City: Free Speech League, 1912 (two paperback copies and one hardbound)

11.  Freedom of the Press/ ---and---/ "Obscene" Literature./ Three Essays. New York City: Free-Speech League, n.d.

12-14.  The Historical interpretation of/ Unabridged Freedom of Speech. New York City: Free-Speech League, n.d.

              The Historical Interpretation of/ Unabridged Freedom of Speech. Second edition. Free-Speech League, n.d. (two copies)

15.  Law of Blasphemy/ The Modern View Exhibited in Model/ Instructions to a Jury. New York: Free Speech League, 1919

16.   Liberty of Speech and Press/ Essential to/ Purity Propaganda./ An Address Prepared for the/ National Purity Conference,/ and to be delivered/ October 10th, 1906, Lincoln Centre, Chicago.

17-18.  May It Please the Court, by Amicus Curiae (pseud.) Mays Landing, New Jersey: Sunshine Book Company, 1945 (two copies)

19-20.  Methods of Constitutional Constructions.  New York City: Free Speech League, n.d. (two copies)

21.  A New Concept of Liberty. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey: The Oriole Press, 1940 (1 copy #138 of 200, privately printed)

22.   Supreme Court of Errors/ of the/ State of Connecticut/ Third Judicial District/ January Term, 1926 (Schroeder vs Taylor)

23.   Thumbnail Essays/ Samples of Unusual Thinking/ by an Evolutionary Psychologist/ Theodore Schroeder. Coscob, Conn.: Published by the Author, 1949, Next Century Pamphlets No. 8

24-26.  What About You? New York: Psychological Library, 1951 (two paperback copies and one hardbound copy)

27-28.  Where Speech/ Is Not Free/ -- In the U.S.A./ An Appeal to the Record. Mays Landing, New Jersey: The Open Road Press, Inc., 1944 (two copies; one paperback and one hardbound

29.  Kuhn, Lesley (ed.) Theodore Schroeder's Last Will. New York City: Psychology Library, Publishers. 1958

30. (No author/title) Notes on law and misc. topics (some in Latin), probably belonged to Professor Parkinson; autograph, ca. 1830?

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